Anxiety Treatment in Memphis

Mental Health & Dual-Diagnosis Services for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety and addiction often come up in conversation together because they feed off each other. But what exactly is an anxiety disorder? After all, anxiety is a natural emotion that many people feel at some point in their lives—how do you know if you have a disorder?

To know whether you have an anxiety disorder, you should visit a medical professional. Only a qualified healthcare provider can diagnose an anxiety disorder. That being said, there are some symptoms that could indicate you are struggling with something beyond typical, everyday anxiety.

When people suffer from anxiety disorders, it’s important that they seek treatment, as abusing alcohol or drugs to cope with anxiety is common. Unfortunately, using drugs as a coping mechanism quickly leads to substance abuse and, eventually, addiction. Thankfully, dual-diagnosis treatment can address the co-occurrence of anxiety and addiction.

Grace Land Recovery offers anxiety treatment in Memphis, including dual-diagnosis treatment of substance use disorders and anxiety disorders. Call (901) 519-2655 today to learn more.

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What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Anxiety & Addiction?

As the name suggests, dual-diagnosis treatment is a type of treatment that caters to people who struggle with multiple mental or behavioral disorders at the same time. In general, rehab centers use this form of treatment to help patients with addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Addiction with the co-occurrence of anxiety disorders is relatively common, and dual-diagnosis treatment is often needed to fully address both conditions. Without treating the underlying issues (anxiety), most people suffering from substance use disorders will struggle to achieve long-term sobriety.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. When people are in stressful situations, it’s normal for them to experience stress. However, it’s possible for their bodies to overreact. When this happens consistently, they may have an anxiety disorder.

While anxiety disorders can occur in both men and women, the American Psychiatric Association reports that women are more likely to have this condition. This fact shouldn’t keep men from seeking treatment for anxiety disorders, though. Because of the stigma surrounding mental health issues, it’s crucial for everyone to seek treatment.

Generalized anxiety disorder, which involves avoiding activities or events that are outside of one’s normal routine, is the most common type of anxiety disorder.

How to Tell the Difference Between Normal Anxiety & an Anxiety Attack

Normal anxiety causes certain symptoms that are generally mild. These may include difficulty sleeping, increased heart rate, and restlessness. It’s not uncommon for anxiety to make people feel uncomfortable or a bit fearful.

An anxiety attack, which is common in people who struggle with anxiety disorders, has more extreme symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Chills and hot flashes
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Uncontrollable worry

Oftentimes, these symptoms become so unbearable that people turn to substances, such as alcohol, for relief. That’s why alcohol and anxiety have such a close connection.

Keep in mind that everyone reacts to stress differently. Just because one individual can handle a lot of stress doesn’t mean that someone else can. No one should base what their normal anxiety level should be on others. Instead, people should create their own baselines and determine what is and isn’t normal for them.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

A few of the most common anxiety disorders, or disorders for which anxiety is a key component, include:

The underlying cause of anxiety differs depending on the individual. In someone who struggles with OCD, for example, the anxiety comes from the person’s uncontrollable thoughts and obsessions. In someone with PTSD, the anxiety comes from events that bring up trauma from the past.

People who think that they struggle with anxiety disorders should seek professional treatment. They should never attempt to deal with these types of problems alone. When they do, the result is often self-medication, which can lead to substance abuse and addiction.

The Connection Between Anxiety & Addiction

There is a significant connection between anxiety and addiction. One reason for this is that people who struggle with anxiety disorders often consume alcohol and/or use drugs to get relief.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in people with anxiety disorders. In fact, alcohol and anxiety frequently have a codependent relationship. That’s why it’s vital for people with anxiety who also abuse alcohol to seek dual-diagnosis treatment. Otherwise, the untreated disorder (whether it’s the anxiety disorder or the substance use disorder) can easily trigger the treated disorder, leading to relapse.

For instance, let’s say that a person who struggles with alcohol and anxiety goes into rehab to get treatment for addiction. After the individual is clean and back in the real world, the anxiety starts to flare up again, triggering that person’s desire to drink. This person is likely to relapse and return to using alcohol because the anxiety issue wasn’t addressed during treatment.

In order to fully overcome co-occurring disorders, such as alcohol abuse and anxiety, people must receive dual-diagnosis treatment. Dual-diagnosis treatment programs simultaneously treat substance abuse problems and their underlying mental health issues.

What Causes Anxiety Disorders?

It’s common for people to experience anxiety in some manner over the course of their lives. However, experts haven’t determined the exact reason that anxiety affects some individuals more than others. That being said, certain factors may put some people at a higher risk of developing anxiety disorders.

For example, a person who has a family history of anxiety problems is more likely to experience an anxiety disorder. It’s the same with addiction. Studies show that addiction can run in families, which is yet another connection between anxiety and addiction.

On another note, anxiety can be the direct result of drug use. Oftentimes, people assume that anxiety leads them down the path of using drugs. However, some drugs can actually cause anxiety. In fact, anxiety is a common side effect of many prescription medications.

It’s important to note that people can also experience anxiety due to chronic stress, such as work burnout. Such individuals must learn how to effectively manage their stress to avoid high levels of anxiety. Thankfully, many types of therapy, either in rehab or on its own, can teach individuals how to effectively manage stress.

Treatments for Anxiety Addiction

When entering rehab to get help with anxiety and addiction, it’s essential to choose rehab centers that offer dual-diagnosis treatment, such as Grace Land Recovery. Treating one disorder but not the other often leads to relapse.

While receiving dual-diagnosis treatment for anxiety and addiction, individuals should also take advantage of other forms of addiction therapy.

Some addiction treatments and therapies that individuals can incorporate into their dual-diagnosis treatment include:

  • Family Therapy: Alcohol and anxiety problems frequently stem from problems in the home. As a result, family therapy is a great form of therapy to incorporate into your dual-diagnosis treatment program. Family therapy can get to the root cause of many problems. Also, family therapy helps relatives better understand the struggle that their loved ones are going through. It’s common for family and close friends to not understand the struggles of suffering from an anxiety disorder, let alone a co-occurring substance use disorder or addiction. Oftentimes, people just think that poor lifestyle choices are the cause of substance use and mental health disorders and nothing more. In reality, though, substance use and mental health disorders are much more complicated.
  • Group and Individual Therapies: Individual and group therapies play a crucial role in nearly every rehab treatment plan. Group therapy helps individuals see that they aren’t the only ones who struggle with substance use and mental illness. Being able to share with others gives addiction and mental health treatment patients a new outlook on their problems. Individual therapy gives such individuals the one-on-one time that they need with a therapist to feel comfortable about sharing their struggles.
  • Personalized Treatment: Anxiety and addiction can affect people in different ways. However, some rehab centers offer a one size-fits-all approach to treatment. While it works for some people, it doesn’t work for everyone. Because of that, people who struggle with co-occurring disorders should find rehab centers that create dual-diagnosis treatment plans that are according to their specific needs. Not everyone requires the same level of care. For example, some people need significant help during the beginning of rehab. This is when a partial hospitalization program is beneficial. Later on, a person can move on to intensive outpatient or standard outpatient rehab depending on their needs.
  • Anger Management: Anger is one of the leading causes of stress in people’s lives. As a result, individuals must learn how to control their anger in order to keep their stress and anxiety to a minimum. Anger management teaches individuals how to control anger. In some cases, it can keep them from reaching an elevated level of anger altogether.

We Are Here to Help You Heal

Do you struggle with alcohol and anxiety? If so, Grace Land Recovery can provide the professional help you need to learn how to manage these disorders so that you can have a healthy, happy, and addiction-free life. We help people just like you not only overcome addiction but also learn to effectively manage their underlying mental health problems as well.

Don’t let your alcohol and anxiety problems keep you from living your life to the fullest. Get the help that you need today. Contact Grace Land Recovery to learn more about our dual-diagnosis treatment in Memphis for anxiety and addiction.

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